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The Artist's Voice feat. Kira Lynn Harris [VIDEO]

in conversation with Lauren Haynes

In case you missed The Artist's Voice featuting Kira Lynn Harris in conversation with Assistant Curator Lauren Haynes last month, check it out here!

On March 29, 2012 Assistant Curator Lauren Haynes sat down with Kira Lynn Harris to discuss her current exhibition Kira Lynn Harris: The Block | Bellona. In this exhibition, Harris reimagines The Block (1971), Romare Bearden’s iconic, six-panel, eighteen-foot-long collage depicting life in Harlem. With The Block as a touchstone, Harris, whose interdisciplinary practice mixes video, photography, drawing, painting and site-specific installation, creates a scene of a contemporary, alternate Harlem.

Arts & Minds Celebrates First Exhibition Opening

at Lumen Gallery, NYC

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  • Arts & Minds artwork at Lumen Gallery. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Arts & Minds program participant photographed in front of artwork, a collage piece inspired by Bearden Project artist, Dominique Moody. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • [L-R]: Shanta Scott, Manager of School, Youth & Family Programs, The Studio Museum in Harlem; Landon and Celia Wickham, program participants; Carolyn Halpin-Healy, Executive Director of Arts & Minds. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

April 23, 2012 marked Arts & Mindsfirst-ever exhibition opening at Lumen Gallery in New York City, celebrating the artwork created by the program’s participants at The Studio Museum in Harlem over the course of the year.

In the Fall of 2011, program participants dove deep into collage, inspired by the Studio Museum's Fall exhibition, The Bearden Project. Watercolors, newspaper, and even natural materials such as eucalyptus and twigs were used to interpret the participant’s own creative responses to various works from The Bearden Project. The evolution of the participants' technique and ability was clearly visible that night, and the framed artworks were proof of how powerful art can be as a therapeutic tool. Meanwhile, the artists behind the artwork glowed with pride.

OBJECTification with Jennie C. Jones [Photos]

Teaching and Learning Workshop for Educators

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  • Artist Jennie C. Jones discusses her work in current exhibition Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions to a group of educators.

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Photo: Sophia Bruneau

Another behind-the-scenes look! Artist Jennie C. Jones sparked a dynamic conversation with educators and teaching artists about the relationship between space, art and sound.

Saluting Elizabeth Catlett

1915-2012

The Board of Trustees and staff of The Studio Museum in Harlem salute the life and legacy of Elizabeth Catlett, one of the most exceptional artists of our time. Her incomparable commitment to art, education and activism will influence and inspire generations to come, and she will be deeply missed. Our sincere condolences to her family.

Read more from The New York Times.

Spring 2012 Opening [Photos]

Highlights

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  • Main gallery space featuring Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • 2010-11 Studio Museum AIR Kamau Amu Patton with spring 2012 Harlem Postcards artist Leilah Weinraub.
    Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Who, What, Wear: Selections from the Permanent Collection. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • John Outterbridge's The Rag Factory in the main gallery space. 

  • Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Assistant Curator Naima Keith and Tim Stockton of Visitor Services. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • The Studio Museum in Harlem (entrance). Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Artist Jacolby Satterwhite in front of his installtion Country Ball 1989-2010. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Viewer admiring Jennie C. Jones's Objects. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Assistant Curator Lauren Haynes and artist Lorraine O'Grady. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Artist Ralph Lemon with Thelma Golden. Photo: Scott Rudd

  • Thelma Golden and Marcus Samuelsson. Photo: Scott Rudd

On March 28, guests were invited to preview the Spring 2012 Exhibitions and Projects: Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions; Ralph Lemon: 1856 Cessna Road; and Harlem Postcards. Highlights include work by artists Nayland Blake, Jennie C. Jones, Lorraine O’Grady, John Outterbridge and Jacolby Satterwhite, as well as recent contributions to The Bearden Project. A wonderful and refreshing preview to kick off the Spring season!

Throwback Interviews

Kehinde Wiley

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  • Kehinde Wiley
    LL Cool J, 2005
    Oil on canvas, 96 x 72 in
    LL Cool J
    Image courtesy of Kehinde Wiley

  • Kehinde Wiley
    Place Soweto (National Assembly), 2008
    Oil on canvas, 8 x 6 ft.
    Courtesy the artist and Deitch Projects, NY

  • Kehinde Wiley
    Big Daddy Kane, 2005
    Oil on canvas, 96 x 72 in
    John Morrissey, courtesy of Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, California
    Image courtesy of Kehinde Wiley

  • Cover of The World Stage: Africa Lagos ~ Dakar, 2008, Rizzoli NY.
    Pictured: Kehinde Wiley
    On Top of the World, 2008
    Oil on canvas, 6 x 5 ft.
    Courtesy the artist and Deitch Projects, NY

The public response to the Kehinde Wiley show at the Jewish Museum, The World Stage: Israel has sparked interest in his earlier body of works, which is fantastic! We are always excited to see interviews and footage resurface so we can reflect on an artist's work.

Counting the Block

Kira Lynn Harris's The Block | Bellona is one of those works of art you can look at again and again and always see something new. Inspired by another of my favorite blocks, I decided to enumerate a few of these things! In The Block | Bellona you'll find:

  • 68 windows (but only 5 shades!)
  • 11 doors
  • 5 angels
  • 5 cars
  • 3 birds
  • 2 cats
  • 1 fence
  • 1 TV
  • 1 light bulb

(I didn't count the bricks!)

Sneak Peek

Jennie C. Jones Installation [Photos]

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  • Securing support for Jones' installation: The "hole" on our second floor leading to the main gallery space below. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Installing Jones' cable cord suspended from ceiling. Photo: Sophia Bruneau

  • Installing Jones' cable cord suspended from ceiling (detail). Photo: Sophia Bruneau

The installation for Spring 2012 shows continue! Enjoy more exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos documenting Friday's installation of Jennie C. Jones' site specific artwork, Objects.

Spring exhibitions and projects open Thursday, March 29. Click here for more info.

Sneak Peek

John Outterbridge Installation [Photos]

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  • Rags for John Outterbridge's The Rag Factory 
    Photo: Dominic Hackley

  • John Outterbridge installs The Rag Factory assisted by the Studio Museum exhibition manager and art handlers
    Photo: Dominic Hackley

  • John Outterbridge installs The Rag Factory assisted by the Studio Museum exhibition manager and art handlers
    Photo: Dominic Hackley

The Studio Museum gears up for Spring exhibitions and projects opening next Thursday, March 29. Enjoy these exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos documenting John Outterbridge, installing his site specific artwork, The Rag Factory.